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Immigration Links

EducationUSA - General information about study in the United States to prospective foreign students from other nations. Apart from specifics about accessing U.S. higher education, the site is intended to serve as an official USG notice to all outside the U.S. that the educational welcome mat is out for those who may be exploring study outside of their country.

Student Process Steps: How to Navigate the U.S. Immigration System - Helpful information regarding the SEVIS fee, visa application process, what to expect when you arrive at the port of entry, etc.

Secure Borders and Open Doors - The U.S. Department of State (DOS) wishes to clarify the visa process to enter the U.S.A., as so many recent changes are a result of increased security measures. "Secure Borders and Open Doors" offers step-by-step instructions on applying for a visa to the U.S.A. for purposes of education, business, and to be a tourist.

10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa - Advice on preparing for your visa application interview from NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

Visa Denials - What to do when you encounter a visa problem: advice from the U.S. Department of State.

Bureau of Consular Affairs - Here you will find information about international travel, visa, passport, customs, embassies and consulates worldwide, as well as much more. You can also read about the Diversity Visa Lottery on this website.

U.S. Embassies and Other Diplomatic Missions - This is a listing of the web addresses of all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States - This publication is a complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States, and recognized consular officers.

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services - This website gives you information about the USCIS office and its missions, and it provides information about immigration law and regulations to the public. You can download or order forms by mail from this website. In addition, it might be a useful reference for your employer if there are questions about hiring foreign nationals.

Houston District Office of USCIS - Location, hours, and contact information for the Houston USCIS office.

NAFSA Homepage - Visit the home of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA is an organization that promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States.

Institute of International Education - The Institute of International Education is an independent non-profit organization that designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations.

The Electronic Embassy - This website links the staffs and resources of the Washington D.C. embassy community to their constituencies in business and industry, education, the press, and government. A list of links to foreign embassies and consulates is also available at this website.

Apply for a U.S. Visa in China (There is also a Chinese version)


Education Links

Apostilles/Authentication of Documents - This site is helpful to those graduating and needing to authenticate their diploma overseas.


Dave's ESL Cafe - The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Study Texas 



Global Edge  

H1 Base  

H1 Visa Jobs  

Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Occupational Net Online  

U.S. Census Bureau Statistics of U.S. Businesses  

Research a Company  

The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas  


Overseas Job Web

Diversilink employment  

Saludos Hispanos  

Diversity Employment

Euro Jobs  


Monster Board International


Car/Driver's License

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide  

Kelley Blue Book  

Houston Chronicle Classifieds Online  

Driver License Information


Life in Houston

Rice's Houston Information Page - A list of online information, including consumer reports, media contacts, real estate agencies, library resources, as well as sports and weather reports about the city of Houston and its suburbs.  

City of Houston Home Page - Contains all kinds of information about the City of Houston, including traffic information, local resources, and a virtual tour of the city. 


Houston Chronicle Interactive - Visit the home of Houston Chronicle, Houston's newspaper. This website includes the daily featured articles, classified advertisements (with the employment section and the housing information available online), and local events.  

Greater Houston Partnership - Visit the home of the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston's business association. The Houston Partnership is interested especially in international business, and this is a good organization for international students to find some professional contact.  

The Official Guide to Houston  

Houston Press  

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Miller Outdoor Theater

Houston Symphony  

Holocaust Museum Houston  

Contemporary Arts Museum  

Museum of Fine Arts  

Menil Collection  

Museum of Health and Medical Science  

The Byzantine Fresco Chapel  

Houston Zoo  

Houston Weather Page  

Houston's Web  

The Houston International Festival  

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo  


The Houston Insider  


Explore Texas

State of Texas Government
Visit the home of the state of Texas government. This website provides information about traveling in Texas, working in Texas, doing business in and with Texas, and the Texas government. It also houses an electronic library with good references.

Texas Monthly World Wide Web Ranch
A newspaper of what's happening in Texas, updated monthly.

Galveston Tour
You can find a list of the restaurants, events, etc.